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Sequoian River

By Guillaume
This is the forest primeval.
The murmuring pines and the hemlocks,
Bearded with moss, and in garments green, indistinct in the twilight,
Stand like Druids of eld.

.........................Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The shot above was taken in the Giant Forest area of the Sequoia National Park, CA in July 07. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks include 864,383 acres of pristine Sierra Nevada landscape - some of the finest parts of a range in which uncommon beauty is a common quality. All of the classic elements of national parks are here: spectacular mountains; forests; crystal-clear rivers and lakes; miles of caves; waterfalls; deep, river-cut canyons; glacially scoured valleys; thousands of plants; and unfettered wild animals.

After a whole day hiking from Wolverton to Heather Lake, a strenuous 8.4mile-hike, I came back to the visitor centre around 5pm(ish) from where I spotted that small river bridge. Whilst my wife and son were having ice creams at the centre I ran to the river to hopefully grab a few shots. Quickly got all my gears out of the backpack and firmly planted my tripod in the middle of the river. I am glad I did. I thought the light was excellent that day and I must admit I am relatively pleased with this shot. I hope you like it too. I have slightly lightened the shadows during post-processing in the top left corner of the frame to bring more details out of the trees. My wife thinks that I overdid it. I don’t. I would be interested to know what you think.

As always thanks for watching. Comments and critiques are appreciated.

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Tags: Usa Park River Rocks California General Water Bridge National Stones Pine trees National park Boulders Sequoia Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature

Voters: aitchbrown, davidbailie, javam and 31 more

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17 Jul 2007 10:42AM
Fabulous angle to this picture (not sure if it's straight tho'?) helen xx

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davidbailie 16 457 7 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2007 10:44AM
Yes Like it -

Good angle of approach and DOF

Looks straight enough to me!!

magnus 15 661 5 United Arab Emirates
17 Jul 2007 10:50AM
Looks fine to me!
Leaning to the left a little but who cares, it's a great shot!
Boagman65 13 2 1 Scotland
17 Jul 2007 10:52AM
Great image I like the low angle a superb shot.

Guillaume 13 119 2 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2007 11:03AM
Thanks for the comments guys. Actually Helen, I can confirm the shot is perfectly straight. I had my level reading fixed to the hotshoe when I took this shot. Anyone who has been to the visitor center of Sequoia Park could confirm that the road (which passes on the bridge) is at an angle going down, or up, depending which whether you are driving to or from the Giant Forest. I had the same dilemma last night thinking: “either I make it look as if the bridge is perfectly straight and hence change the true view that I had when I grabbed this shot, or leave it as it is and take the risk that people think the camera wasn’t standing straight”… Smile now I am thinking that I have made the wrong decision.
clint1978 12 13 Gibraltar
17 Jul 2007 11:29AM
I think this is a great shot! By lightening the shadows you have giving it an HDR - 3D effect. Excellent foreground interest, very sharp. The filter has also done a great job for you there.

CAI_Images 13 54 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2007 11:40AM
a brilliant shot, great detail and nicely presented

RogH 12 7 England
17 Jul 2007 1:05PM
Nice capture of a very nice place
TyChee 15 275 1 United States
17 Jul 2007 1:45PM
Beautiful shot! Couldn't be better. Excellent foreground interest and great lead-in to the bridge.The deep blue sky really sets off the trees too. Even the lighting under the bridge is perfect. Well seen and executed photo. Well worth missing out of the ice cream. Smile
accystan 15 132 6 Canada
17 Jul 2007 4:13PM
Great pic. I really like the detail in the f/g and the dof. I was surprised at the 2 sec. exposure but it creates a wonderful sense of motion.
I don't think it looks 'over-lightened' in any area; and you can tell your wife I said so.

Good portfolio too.

Dave D
17 Jul 2007 4:32PM
A beautiful and refreshing photo. Great exposure and angle. I love the capture of the rushing water. JNC
glyndwr 12 66 10 Wales
17 Jul 2007 4:35PM
Nice viewpoint.
Like the DOF and composition.
rontear Plus
16 21 8 England
17 Jul 2007 11:28PM
Grand view, super landscape. Ron.
patsy88 12 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2007 12:23PM
Fantastic shot, well done..
18 Jul 2007 8:24PM
Wow this photograph is really good i love the colours. Smile
AlanBW 14 20 England
23 Jul 2007 9:53AM
I like the low viewpoint, excellent shot
24 Mar 2008 9:20AM
fine assemblance
SRSmith 12 1 United States
19 Jun 2008 10:54PM
Wow, love this image! Dead on (straight as an arrow too). World class all the way!
Jacobite 13 38 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2011 3:46PM
The area around 'your' Wolverton and 'my' Wolverton are totally different; I'm jealous!
Lovely looking area promoted by a good picture.

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